Clemson University: Engineering and Science Education

Julie P. Martin, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Department of Engineering & Science Education    
School of Materials Science and Engineering    
M-15A Holtzendorff Hall    
Clemson University    
Clemson, South Carolina    
Phone:    (864) 656-4321         
Email: martin1@clemson.edu

Educational Background

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 1996 - North Carolina State University

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 2001 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioengineering, 2002-2003 - Clemson University

Prior Appointments

2004-2008: University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Director of Undergraduate Student Recruitment and Retention 

  • Founded and directed the women-in-engineering program (www.egr.uh.edu/welcome). The program received the 2008 Women in Engineering Initiative Award from Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) for serving as a national model for institutions which serve commuter students.
  • Led College of Engineering-wide undergraduate recruiting efforts at UH, responsible for college-wide recruitment of high school students, including the development of program content, overseeing all planning and implementation, evaluation, and assessment of recruiting practices


2004-2008: Research and Instructional Assistant Professor
University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

  • Developed and piloted curriculum for multidisciplinary, project-based freshman engineering course (ENGI 1100) at the University of Houston; led expansion of course, serving as course coordinator.

2003-2004: Visiting Assistant Professor

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Division of Engineering Fundamentals (now Department of Engineering Education) and Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

I am an assistant professor of Engineering and Science Education with a joint appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. My work focuses on advancing fundamental knowledge of social interactions that influence students' decisions to enter and persist in engineering, particularly under-represented students.  A major thrust of my current research program is my National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grant entitled, "Influence of Social Capital on Under-Represented Engineering Students' Academic and Career Decisions" The research goals for this NSF CAREER project are to:

1. Develop a conceptual model for understanding how engineering undergraduates develop, access and activate education-related social capital in making academic and career decisions.

2. Identify and characterize the potentially distinct mechanisms by which under-represented students utilize social ties that link them to knowledge-based and institutional resources related to engineering.

About SoCap: We are a group of researchers dedicated to increasing the diversity of the field of engineering by studying the academic and career decisions of engineering undergraduates.

 
SoCap Graduate Researchers:

Denise Simmons (Civil Engineering)
Matthew K. Miller (Industrial Engineering)
Kyle Gipson (Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2011; now Assistant Professor of in the School of Engineering at James Madison University)

SoCap Undergraduate Researcher:

Shanna McCoy Cook (Industrial Engineering)

  • McCoy Cook, S. (2010). The effect of social capital on successful women in engineering. Poster Presented at the South Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Conference, Columbia, SC.
Former Undergraduate Researchers:

Walter Lee (2009-2010)
B.S. Industrial Engineering, Clemson University, 2010
Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech)

  • Lee, W. & Trenor, J.M. (2009). Research-based outreach materials to increase participation of first generation college Latino students in engineering. First Triennial Conference on Latino Education and Integration, Athens, GA.
  • Lee, W. (2009) First generation college students in engineering: Research-based outreach and recruitment materials. Poster Presentation for South Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Poster Presented at the South Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Conference, Columbia, SC

Jenny Smith (2009-2010)
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Clemson University, 2010
Currently employed in industry

  • Smith, J.L. & Trenor, J.M. (2010) Commuter students' educational experiences and sense of belonging in the undergraduate engineering community: A phenomenological study. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Conference, Blacksburg, VA.

Brianne' Fleming (2009-2010) B.S. Industrial Engineering, Clemson University, 2010
Currently pursuing Masters in Industrial Engineering at Old Dominion University

  • Fleming, B*. (2009) Family roles of students in engineering. Poster Presented at the South Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Conference, *undergraduate researcher and first place winner of best poster for state of SC.

Michael J. Fernandez (2005-2008), B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, 2008
Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University

  • Fernandez, M.J.*, Trenor, J.M.., Zerda, K.S. & Cortes, C. (2008). First generation college students in engineering: A qualitative investigation of barriers to academic plans. Proceedings of the 2008 Frontiers in Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York.

Rachel Danek Jones (2005-2008), B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, 2009
Currently employed at General Electric

  • Trenor, J.M., Zerda, K.S., Jones, R.D. & Hawthorne, A. (2008). Evolving communication strategies for recruitment and retention programs serving the millennial generation. Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium Best Practices Conference, Austin, Texas.
Funding:
  • Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant: CAREER: Influence of Social Capital on Under-Represented Engineering Students' Academic and Career Decisions $415,430, Award#EEC-690652
  • Co-Principal Investigator for NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site "Interfaces and Surfaces: Exploring and Experiencing Science (I SEE Science)," $299,864, Award#DMR-1062873, 2011-2013
  • Principal Investigator for Engineering Information Foundation grant, "Development and National Dissemination of Adaptable Research-Based Materials for Recruiting and Retaining First Generation College Students in Engineering" $24,950, Award#EiF08.08, 2008-2009
  • Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation (NSF), "Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Nanotechnology at the University of Houston," $318,688, Award #EEC-0647775, 2007-2008
  • Principal Investigator for NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site at the University of Houston: "Innovations in Nanotechnology" $497,997, Award# EEC-0742296, 2008
  • Principal Investigator for Engineering Information Foundation grant, "Developing Programmatic and Pedagogical Support Mechanisms for Diverse Women in Engineering at an Urban University: An In-depth Look at Antecedents and Moderators for Their Success," Award#EiF06.01, 2007-2008
  • Principal Investigator for Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium (TETC) Innovative Strategies grant, "Retention of Female Undergraduate ECE Students at the University of Houston," $79,176, Award#00362-EE2005-2000, 2005-2008
  • Co-Principal Investigator for TETC Best Practices grant, "Undergraduate Recruiting and Retention of ECE Students at the University of Houston," $372,561, Award#03652-EE2005-1000, 2005-2008
  • Co-Principal Investigator for NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site "Interfaces and Surfaces: Exploring and Experiencing Science (I SEE Science)," $299,864, Award#DMR-1062873, 2011-2013
Selected Publications and Conference Proceedings:

  • Adams, R. S., de Figueiredo, A. D., Evangelou, D., English, D. Mousoulides, N., Pawley, A.L. Schifellite, C., Stevens, R., Svinicki, M., Martin, J.P. , Wilson,D. (2011). Multiple perspectives for engaging future engineers. Journal of Engineering Education Centennial Special Issue, 100 (1), 1-41.
  • Martin, J. P., Gipson, K. & Miller, M.K. (2011) Developing a survey instrument to characterize social capital resources impacting undergraduates' decisions to enter and persist in engineering. Proceedings of the 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • Simmons, D.R. & Martin, J. P. (2011) Implications of black greek letter membership on the development of the engineer of 2020. Proceedings of the 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • Trenor, J. M. (2011) Influence of social capital on under-represented engineering students' academic and career decisions, Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Trenor, J. M., Miller, M.K. & Gipson, K. (2011) Utilization of a think-aloud protocol to cognitively validate a survey instrument identifying social capital resources of engineering undergraduates, Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Trenor, J.M., Simmons, Denise R. G., Archer, E. A. (2010) The role of African American fraternities and sororities in engineering students' educational experiences at a predominantly White institution, accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 2009 Frontiers in Education Conference, Arlington, VA.
  • Smith, J.L.* & Trenor, J.M. (2010) Commuter students' educational experiences and sense of belonging in the undergraduate engineering community: A phenomenological study. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Conference, Blacksburg, VA. (*undergraduate student)
  • Trenor, J.M. & Denise Simmons (2009). Work in progress - A research-based tool kit for communicating unique messages about engineering to first generation college students.Proceedings of the 2009 Frontiers in Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2009). A phenomenological inquiry of the major choice processes of an overlooked demographic: First generation college students in engineering. Proceedings of the2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
  • Pierrakos, O. & Trenor, J.M. (2009). A mixed-methods approach to investigating students' learning and skill gains during a summer undergraduate research experience.Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition, Austin, Texas.
  • Trenor, J.M., Yu, S.L., Denise Simmons, & Salem, H. (2009). Participation in a research experience for teachers program: Impact on perceptions and efficacy to teach engineering.Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition, Austin, Texas.
  • Trenor, J. M. & Madubike, C. M. (2008). Recruiting women for programs in engineering. In Barbara Lauren (Ed.), The College Admissions Officer's Guide (pp. 257-265). Washington, DC: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
  • Trenor, J. M., Yu, S. L., Waight, C. L., Zerda, K. S., & Sha, T.-L. (2008). The relations of ethnicity to female engineering students' educational experiences and college and career plans in an ethnically diverse learning environment. Journal of Engineering Education, 97(4), 449-465.
  • Trenor, J.M. & Pierrakos, O. (2008). Utilizing a social cognitive theoretical framework to investigate the influences of a summer undergraduate research experience on participants' academic and career plans. Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Trenor, J.M., Yu, S.L., Waight, C.L. & Zerda. K.S. (2008). Influences for selecting engineering: Insights on access to social capital from two case studies. Proceedings of the 2008 Frontiers in Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • Fernandez, M.J.*, Trenor, J.M., Zerda, K.S. & Cortes, C. (2008). First generation college students in engineering: A qualitative investigation of barriers to academic plans.Proceedings of the 2008 Frontiers in Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York.(*undergraduate student)
  • Trenor, J.M., Yu, S.L., Sha T.-L., Waight, C.L. & Zerda. K.S (2007). Investigating the relations of ethnicity to female students' perceptions and intention to major in engineering using social cognitive theory. Proceedings of the 2007 Frontiers in Education Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Honorable Mention for Benjamin S. Dasher Best Paper Award (out of approximately 450 papers).
  • Trenor, J.M., Madubike, C.M. & Claydon, F.C. (2006). Establishing a women in engineering program at an urban university. Proceedings of the 2006 WEPAN National Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Martin, J.P. & Burg, K.J.L. (2003). Textiles in biomedical engineering devices. American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists (AATCC) Review, 3(11), 41-44.
  • Martin, J.P., McCartney, S.R. & Kander, R.G. (2003). An investigation of the microstructure of a cryogenically mechanically alloyed polycarbonate-poly(aryl ether ether ketone) system. Journal of Materials Science, 38(2), 195-200.
  • Martin, J.P. & Kander, R.G. (2003). Mechanical properties of a cryogenically mechanically alloyed polycarbonate-poly(aryl ether ether ketone) system. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 88(5) 1196-1202.
  • Cornelis, H., Kander, R.G. & Martin, J. P. (1996). Solvent-induced crystallization of amorphous poly(ether ether ketone) by acetone. Polymer, 37(20) 4573-4578.

Recent Courses:

CES 102 Engineering Discipline and Skills
CES888 - Preparing for the Professoriate

Professional Leadership and Service

Women in Engineering ProActive Network, Past President

Currently serving third year of a three-year term as President-Elect/ President/ Past President.

WEPAN is a national not-for-profit organization consisting of over 650 members from 200 engineering school, corporations, and non-profit organizations. WEPAN is the nation's leading organization and catalyst for transforming culture in engineering education to promote the success of all women. WEPAN's mission is to:

    • WEPAN mobilizes diverse, inclusive and collaborative stakeholders.
    • WEPAN fosters diversity in engineering graduates, our innovators of tomorrow.
    • WEPAN inspires a network of advocates to empower and advance the education of women pursuing engineering and related disciplines.
    • WEPAN translates research into practice and develops national models to attract and retain women in engineering.

Board of Directors (Director of Communications), 2007-2008, Chair of Communications Advisory Committee, 2006-2007

    • Led committee and advertising consultants in developing branding strategy to re-invigorate WEPAN's brand, including market research, renaming, logo development
    • Committee duties include: developing integrated multimedia plan to promote WEPAN and its objectives to target audiences, developing brand message and strategy, developing position papers for advocating WEPAN's position on critical issues, guiding the development of promotional pieces

Co-organizer of US-Europe Workshop for Research on Gender and Diversity in Engineering, held in Delft, The Netherlands, July 2009.

Chairperson, Apprentice Faculty Grant Committee, Educational Research and Methods Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, 2008-present

North Carolina State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering External Advisory Board, 2010-

Member, Clemson University Hispanic Task Force (2008-present )

Clemson University Women's Studies Steering Committee

Invited Talks, Panels and Workshops
  • Martin, J. P. (2011) Leadership Panel Discussion, Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference hosted by the American Association of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), Arlington, Virginia.
  • Trenor, J. M. (2011) A new paradigm for understanding recruitment and retention of under-represented students in engineering, Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering; Engineering Student Scholarships and Academic Programs, College Station, Texas.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2010) Finding the sweet spot for engineering diversity organizations and corporation partners 2010 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2010) Influence of social capital on under-represented engineering students' academic and career decisions. Purdue Department of Engineering Education, West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2010). Recruiting and retaining underrepresented students in engineering: Paradigms, pathways, and practices. An interactive workshop for attendees at the National Science Foundation Awardees Conference, Reston, Virginia.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2009) Social factors affecting the recruitment and retention of under-represented students in engineering: Paradigms, pathways, and practice. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Provost's Advisory Council on Faculty Development Speaker Series, Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2008) The millennial generation in the classroom and workplace. An interactive workshop for the NASA Administrators Fellowship Program, Baltimore, MD.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2008) Enhancing recruitment and retention efforts through a project-based freshman course. North Carolina State University College of Engineering, Office of Academic Affairs, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2007) Creating a more diverse engineering workforce: recruiting and retaining under-represented persons in engineering majors and careers. An interactive workshop for the NASA Administrators Fellowship Program, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2007) Advancing the engineering pipeline at UTEP: What you can do to help recruit and retain undergraduates. An interactive workshop for the University of Texas-El Paso College of Engineering, El Paso, Texas.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2006) Women and minorities: Climbing the ladder of science success. The Science Cafe, Houston, TX
Presentations
  • Adams, R., Paretti, M., Atman, C, Trenor, J. (2010) PhD consortium in engineering education. Workshop presented at the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition, Louisville, KY.
  • Simmons, D. R. & Trenor, J.M. . (2010) Use of the critical incident technique for qualitative research in engineering education: An example from a grounded theory study. Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition, Louisville, KY.
  • Yu, S.L., Corkin, D., Trenor, J.M. (2010) The role of motivation in choice of engineering among ethnically diverse adolescents. Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2010) Family roles in engineering students' academic and career choices: Does parental education attainment matter?, Clemson University Women' s Studies Forum, February 2010.
  • Lee, W.* & Trenor, J.M. (2009). Research-based outreach materials to increase participation of first generation college Latino students in engineering. First Triennial Conference on Latino Education and Integration, Athens, Georgia (*undergraduate student).
  • Trenor, J.M. (2009) Influence of social capital on under-represented engineering students' academic and career decisions. Presentation to School of Materials Science and Engineering External Advisory Board Clemson, South Carolina.
  • Yu, S.L., Trenor, J.M., Waight, C.L., & Zerda. K.S. (2009). Ethnic identity, belonging, and achievement goals among women in engineering. Paper presented at the 2009 American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Canada.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2009) Characteristics of rigorous engineering education research. School of Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Seminar Series, Clemson, South Carolina.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2009) The relations of ethnicity to female engineering students' educational experiences and college and career plans in an ethnically diverse learning environment. Joint Clemson/Virginia Tech Engineering and Science Education Seminar series, Clemson, South Carolina.
  • Trenor, J.M., Zerda, K.S., Jones, R.D. & Hawthorne, A. (2008). Evolving communication strategies for recruitment and retention programs serving the millennial generation. Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium Best Practices Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • Trenor, J.M. & Zerda. K.S (2007). One size does not fit all: Engineering effective WIE programs at urban universities, community colleges, and minority serving institutions. 2007 WEPAN National Conference, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2007) The power of external mentors for women pursuing academic careers in engineering and science: Stories of MentorNet ACE and its proteges and mentors. Panel discussion, 2007 WEPAN National Conference, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, (invited panelist).
  • Trenor, J. M., Claydon, F.C., Long, S.A. & Jones, R.D. (2007) Retaining female engineering students by creating an effective women-in-engineering program. Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium Best Practices Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • Trenor, J.M. (2007) Advancing the pipeline of women in engineering: What you can do to help recruit and retain female undergraduates. National Engineers' Week Foundation Global Marathon: For, By, and About Women in Engineering (national webinar).